September 7


Foam Sclerotherapy: What is It and How Does it Work?

By Dr. Jose Almeida

September 7, 2015

foam sclerotherapy, sclerotherapy, varicose veins


Foam Sclerotherapy is an injectable treatment used to remove unsightly varicose veins. Because this procedure is just one of the many treatment options available for removing varicose veins, it is important to be aware of its upsides, as well as its potential risks.

How it Works

Foam Sclerotherapy is a simple procedure. Once injected, an FDA approved sclerosant agent causes the walls of the varicose vein to become inflamed. This in turn forces the walls of the vein to stick to each other, eventually collapsing. In time, this vein will stop working and disappear altogether.

The Procedure

Foam Sclerotherapy is typically performed with a local anesthetic and done on an outpatient basis, meaning you can go home after the procedure is finished. The prepared solution is mixed with air to create a foam. Doctor Jose Almeida then proceeds to inject the foam into the target vein.

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Compression stocks are then used to make sure the walls of the vein stay collapsed. In the case of deeper veins, the procedure is guided by ultrasound.

Ideal Candidates

Foam Sclerotherapy is usually not recommended to use on large varicose veins; people with smaller varicose veins or spider veins are ideal candidates.

People diagnosed with cardiovascular or blood disorders are also not considered good candidates for Foam Sclerotherapy. Additionally, pregnant women are not encouraged to undergo foam Sclerotherapy.

What to Expect After Foam Sclerotherapy

Following foam Sclerotherapy injection, a pressure bandage is immediately applied to the site of the varicose vein order to ensure that the wall of the vein is securely collapsed. Pressure bandages should be kept in place for at least the 12-24 hours following the procedure. Doctors recommend that patients wear compression stockings for about four weeks in total. Also, patients should avoid long hours of standing, bending, kneeling, squatting, or any other type of strenuous exercise for at least six weeks and keep their leg elevated while sitting.

Varicose veins can be treated in a number of ways. Foam Sclerotherapy is just one treatment option. At Miami Vein Center, Dr. Almeida is a board certified vascular surgeon who specializes in diagnosing and treating different vein disorders. With his expertise, he will assess your condition and determine the safest and most effective treatment plan for your needs. Miami Vein Center offers different treatment options at our accredited Miami facility, and we will customize your treatment to your needs. Contact Miami Vein Center today to schedule your consultation.

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Dr. Jose Almeida

About the author

Dr. Jose Almeida, MD, FACS, RPVI, RVT is a veteran academic vascular surgeon who practices Endovascular Venous Surgery in Miami, FL. He is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery in both Vascular Surgery and General Surgery.

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